Style this wedding season is all about embracing color

Models present creations by Pakistani designer Saira Rizwan during the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Bridal Week 2019 in Lahore on September 27, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 13 November 2019

Style this wedding season is all about embracing color

  • Pakistan’s most stylish are putting their strongest hue forward for winter weddings
  • Brightness is in the air as style gurus get ready for the country’s most anticipated festive season

ISLAMABAD: Temperatures are low and holidays are on their way which means Pakistan’s most anticipated festive season is well and here: wedding season! When it’s cold and dreary (read: smoggy) outside, it’s tempting to layer on dark hues, forgo structure for elastic waistbands and drape oneself in warmth, but some of Pakistan’s most stylish are tackling cold weather and wedding season by marching forth into wedding hall (or tent) in saturated colors! This year for wedding season pack a punch by donning ensembles that do not shy away from bold color expression.

Fashion and film stylist Samiya Ansari recently attended a wedding in Karachi in a magenta saree-lehnga hybrid by Pakistani designer Sania Maskatiya. On the deeper end of the pink spectrum, the look is still a welcome hit of brightness in the winter wedding season.




Samiya Ansari. 9th November, 2019. (Via Samiya Ansari Instagram)

Fashion editor and stylist Mehek Saeed rocked a monochromatic teal kaftan with blue embroidery for a recent wedding with metallic silver light-reflective accessories.




Mehek Saeed. 20th October, 2019. (Via Mehek Saeed Instagram)

Speaking of accessories, designer and fashion blogger Sarah Cheema shared a shot of spirited khussay with multi-colored jewels and mirrored embellishments worn against a hot pink and gold ensemble.




Sarah Cheema wears colorful traditional khussay. 11th November, 2019. (Via Sarah Cheema Instagram)

Fashion stylist Maryam Raja rocked an Anarkali style gown and also went for a monochromatic fashion moment in color for wedding season sage or for a Pakistani spin, mehndi green. The color was a prominent feature on the most recent bridal runways at Karachi’s Fashion Pakistan Week.




Maryam Raja. 6th November, 2019. (Via Maryam Raja Instagram)

Another teal look! Stylist Alishay Adnan went for a one-two color punch contrasted a neon hot pink dupatta with a classic wedding guest shirt and trousers ensemble in teal.




Alishay Adnan. 10th November, 2019. (Via Alishay Adnan Instagram)

From lehngas to Anarkali and kaftans Pakistan’s style influencers are opting to go bright for wedding events this wedding season!


Pakistan’s move to reopen border will strengthen business ties, says Afghan special envoy 

Updated 12 July 2020

Pakistan’s move to reopen border will strengthen business ties, says Afghan special envoy 

  • Pakistani-Afghan border was sealed in mid-March as part of containment measures against COVID-19
  • Kabul-Islamabad trade was $1.2 billion per annum before the coronavirus outbreak 

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani government’s decision to reopen all main border checkpoints with Afghanistan will help increase business and reduce trust deficit between the two countries, Afghan special envoy Muhammed Umer Daudzai told Arab News on Sunday, as the Kharlachi crossing in Kurram district, Khyber Pakhtunkwa resumed operations after a long coronavirus closure.

The Pakistani-Afghan border was sealed in mid-March as part of containment measures against the COVID-19 outbreak. After reopening its crossings at Chaman in Balochistan, and Torkham, Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the past few weeks to facilitate trade, Pakistan on Saturday unsealed Kharlachi, which is the fifth main checkpoint on the borderline.

“These all are very positive signs. This (border opening) is a step toward right direction. This will increase businesses, people-to-people contact and remove trust-deficit,” the Afghan special envoy for Pakistan said.

Pakistani Foreign Office spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui also said the border’s reopening will help strengthen bilateral ties.

“The opening of the fifth Kharlachi border in Kurram tribal district with Afghanistan tends to encourage trade between the two countries, which will help strengthen their ties in future,” she told Arab News.

According to Faiz Muhammad from the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Pakistan’s move to reopen the five border crossings with Afghanistan was “a remarkable initiative” and would have a huge positive on trade between the two countries.

“Pakistan can regain Afghanistan trade market if it offers incentives to traders and reduce duty on items,” said the senior executive at SCCI, the chamber which role is to stimulate trade and business activity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province in which most border crossings with Afghanistan are located.

He said that the quantum of Kabul-Islamabad trade was $1.2 billion per annum before the coronavirus outbreak and dropped to an estimated $1 billion after the border closure.